Children

Children in Worship

Children’s Sunday School Classes

Sunday Mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. 

suspended until further notice

The Way of the Cross

During Holy Week it is customarily a time to reflect on the last steps of Jesus from his trial to his burial in the tomb.  The children on Tuesday evenings created artwork to be used for each station.  Each cross was made with pieces of paper up-cycled from the 2019 calendars.  The children created unique pieces of art as they learned about the last steps in the life of Jesus.  Pastor Reep designed a simple service “The Way of the Cross” for the children and their families.  Originally it was to be held on Tuesday of Holy Week.  The songs are all familiar; the images are coloring book pages, and the prayers focus on God’s love for us in Christ Jesus.  Please look for this in an email identified as “The Way of the Cross for Children” or click on the following link which will take you to the Newsletter Page where you can find “The Way of the Cross for Children” and also the April newsletter which shows the crosses that the children made.  Click here…

As you plan your week, take time to help your children  grow in their Christian faith.  Make a commitment, as much as possible to bring them to worship and Sunday morning classes where they can learn about how God loves them and how He works through their lives.

Children (infants through grade 4) meet upstairs in age appropriate groupings.  In February they will be hearing stories about Jesus calling the disciples and healing the sick.  This season is a great time to bring your children to Sunday School.  These stories will help lead them into  Holy Week and Easter stories in March.  Parents, come and stay with them as they learn, gather in the Good Shepherd Gathering Space for coffee or join an adult class. All are welcome.

Youth in grades 5-7 meet in the Youth Room each week.  Children will be talking about God’s Grace and the Lord’s Prayer.

Children’s Weekly Bulletins are provided every week for our children and their family at the same place adults pick up the adult bulletin.  These bulletins are designed to help children understand the Bible readings that are heard during church each week.  They are useful as talking points during the week and as part of your family prayer time at bed time or meal time.  Parents are a child’s chief Christian Education leader and should enjoy the walk together in faith with their children.

Spark Family Magazine:  Can’t get your children to Sunday School every week?  Supplement their learning about faith and God’s people with the Spark Family Magazine that you should be receiving quarterly right at home!  The Christian Education Committee committed to this expense several years ago as a way of helping parents teach their children about important Bible stores and Christian practices.  If you are not receiving this informative and helpful quarterly magazine, please contact the church office to add your name to the mailing list.  Has your child(ren) outgrown this magazine?  Please let us know as well.

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

Each year the Christian Education Committee presents our children and youth with Bibles.  During the Sunday Liturgy on September 15 bibles were presented to the children of St. Paul’s.  Infants new to the congregation received the First Stories of Jesus, a beginning bible board book.  Students entering first grade were given the Paraclete Bible for Kids, students entering fourth grade were given the Adventure Bible, and students entering seventh grade were presented the NRSV Student Bible which they will be using as their study Bibles throughout their three year Catechetics Program.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories.  It is important for us to honestly use our Bibles.  They should show signs of wear and use.  The Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible.  We should encourage the children and youth of our congregation as they learn and grow in God’s grace.

*Nursery – The nursery is for infants to pre-k aged children during the 10:30 a.m. service.  The nursery will open 10 minutes prior to service and parents may opt to bring their child to the nursery before the service or after the children’s sermon.  Children must be picked up by their adult guardian prior to communion or immediately after the service.  All sippy cups or bottles should be labeled with the child’s name.  A snack will be available unless nursery volunteers are told otherwise by the parent.  For the protection of your child and other children, parents are requested not to bring a sick child to the nursery.  If you would like to volunteer to help out in the nursery, please contact Carrie Oberholtzer.

*Grade 3-6 – This class in 2019/2020 collected quarters to buy farm animals for families all over the world including our country.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

The new youth room is working great when we gather on the upper level.  The room has been designed so different activities can take place at the same time.  We are feeling at home in our youth room, whether we are hanging out, having Bible study, playing games, preparing a meal, or making new friends. Contact Miss Kelly for more information.  Families will receive information for the 2019/2020 program when it becomes available.

Music and Art at St. Paul’s/formerly Creative Fun – This Tuesday evening program for our children is held on resumed on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.  The arts component of the program is led by Kelly Moore-Spencer and the music component is led by Emily Reep.  The sessions break out as follows:

PreK-Grade 1 – 6:00-6:30 music w/Mrs. Reep in the Music Room, Main Level and 6:30-7:00 Art w/Miss Kelly in the Youth Room, Upper Level.

Grades 2-6 – 6:00-6:30 Art w/Miss Kelly in the Youth Room, Upper Level and 6:30-7:15 Handbells, drums, and songs w/Mrs. Reep in the Music Room, Main Level.

This year the Creative Art part for both groups will be designed around STORYTELLING.

Pre-K through Grade 1

 Each Tuesday a bible story will be presented with props, movements, costumes or puppets. After listening to the bible story, the children will get to create a craft that was part of the story. To help the children learn the story it may be told for several weeks through a different creative means. Some evenings they may even help to act the story out. Parents are asked to stay and participate with their children for this portion of the program.

Grade 2 –6

During the Fall session the youth will be using their creative minds to listen, learn and create the characters and scene for a Bible story from the stories associated with the Jessie Tree. On Reformation Sunday, there will be a Congregational Breakfast held during which time the youth will have an area where their bible story creation will be set up for the congregation to see.

Please let Miss Kelly or Mrs. Reep know if your child is planning on attending

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Cherub Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School:  Who Is My Neighbor?  
Bible School was held Monday, June 17-Thursday, June 20 – Time:  9:00-11:30 a.m. – For Children:  Ages 2 1/2 (3 by September 1) through 6th grade.  During this fun filled week, participants learned about how God loves them and how we can thank Him by helping others locally and around the world.  Several service projects were completed by the children. We always can use volunteers to teach, decorate, provide and serve snacks, oversee crafts, and other activities.  Talk with Kathryn Garber, Nicki Herdson, or Patty Snyder if you are available to help and not just for Vacation Bible School.
Church Summer Camp 2020
Camp Kirchenwald and Camp Nawakwa
From Generation to Generation
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100:5
We recently had a visit from Zach Weis, Kirchenwald, Camp Director,  about Summer Camp.  He is very excited to have all of us come to camp.
The Lutheran Camps offer a wide variety of things to strengthen faith and enrich our Christian Community:  Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.  There are many different camps offered throughout the summer.  From Grade K through grade 11.  You can choose your favorite camp week from Ultimate Sports, Jr. Classic, Kayak, Back Country Outpost, Arts and Crafts, Water Adventure, Trails and Treats and many, many more fun weeks.  Talk to Miss Kelly if you are interested in Camp Nawakwa or Camp Kirchenwald.  Camp brochures are available for you to look at.
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families and offers Camperships for anyone interested in attending.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Miss Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at:  http://www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.

Testimonial from one of our families that did the Family Camp at Kirchenwald:  “In August 2019, our family had the opportunity to attend Family Camp for a half week at Camp Kirchenwald.  It is our second year attending this annual camp.  We find this camp to be a great place to spend time together as a family, to engage with other families in faith, and to unplug from electronic devices and connect with nature.  Our 5-year-old son loves camp too.  He enjoyed the many outdoor activities, especially the big capture the flag game.”

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4